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Caramels Recipe

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These delicious and creamy homemade caramels are classic candies that are an excellent option for giving as gifts during the holiday season.
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  1. Caramels Recipe Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Caramels Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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There’s something special about soft, chewy caramels. Maybe it’s the way this classic candy melts in your mouth or the sweet and salty flavor, but no matter what it is, one thing is for sure: caramels are irresistible.

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Caramels Recipe Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup of unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 (12-ounce) cans of evaporated milk

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

SEA SALT: Add a little bit of sea salt to the top of this classic caramel candy for a delicious variation of the flavor.

How to Make This Caramels Recipe

STEP ONE: Prepare a 9×13-inch pan with parchment paper. 

STEP TWO: Add the sugars, butter, corn syrup, and salt to a heavy-bottomed saucepan or 5-quart stockpot, then bring to a boil over medium heat.

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

Make sure you are using a heavy-bottomed pan. Thin pots tend to heat unevenly and may not give you the desired results.

sugar, butter, corn syrup, and salt whisked in a pot

STEP THREE: Add in the milk very, very slowly, whisking/stirring constantly while boiling. Make sure the addition of the milk isn’t slowing the boil. This should take about 20 minutes.

add milk to the butter mixture and whisked together in a pot

STEP FOUR: Lower to medium-low heat and attach a candy thermometer to the pan. Heat, stirring often until the mixture reaches 238°F. Remove from the heat immediately and pour into the prepared pan.

PRO TIP:

The temperature is key when making caramels. Make sure you are using a candy thermometer so that you can be precise.

pour mixture into prepared pan

STEP FIVE: Allow caramel to cool on the counter for 4 to 5 hours. 

Caramels cooled on parchment paper

STEP SIX: Wet a sharp knife with cold water, and slice caramels into 10 rows across, then 8 rows lengthwise (or desired size/shape).

PRO TIP:

If you’re having difficulty cutting the caramels, you can throw them in the freezer for about 15 minutes to harden them up and make them easier to work with.

slice caramel into rows on a parchment paper

 STEP SEVEN: Wrap with wax paper squares or pre-cut candy wrappers.

using wax paper warp caramel

How To Serve

These delicious caramels would make a great treat to give as a homemade gift to friends and family over the holidays. Wrap them up in a pretty box or cookie tin with our gingerbread truffles and cashew brittle.

For more delightful candy recipes, our Martha Washington candy and cream cheese mints are both favorites.

Storage

ON THE COUNTER: These creamy caramels can be stored for up to a week in an airtight container at room temperature.

IN THE FREEZER: Caramels can be kept in the freezer, as long as they are well-wrapped, for up to a year.

a close up shot of a caramel being picked up

These caramels are impossible to resist and always seem to hit the spot when you’re craving something sweet. This classic candy gets a lot of love during the winter holidays, but it’s a delicious treat all year round.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why did my caramels turn out so hard?

If the temperature gets too hot, your caramel may harden as it cools. Keep a close eye on the temperature to ensure the mixture doesn’t get too hot.

Why didn’t my caramel set?

If the caramel doesn’t reach a high enough temperature, you may end up with soft caramel that won’t set. Keep an eye on the temperature on the candy thermometer to ensure the caramel gets hot enough.

Can I freeze these caramel candies?

These delicious candies can be stored in the freezer for up to a year. Make sure they are well-wrapped and stored in an airtight container.

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These delicious and creamy homemade caramels are classic candies that are an excellent option for giving as gifts during the holiday season.
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 5 hours 30 minutes
Servings 80

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 24 ounces evaporated milk

Instructions
 

  • Prepare a 9×13 pan with parchment paper.
  • Add the sugars, butter, corn syrup, and salt to a heavy-bottomed saucepan, then bring to a boil over medium heat.
  • Add in the milk very, very slowly, whisking/stirring constantly while boiling. Make sure the addition of the milk isn’t slowing the boil. This should take about 20 minutes.
  • Lower to medium-low heat and attach a candy thermometer, heat stirring often until mixture reaches 238°F. Remove from heat immediately and pour into the prepared pan.
  • Allow to cool on the counter for 4 to 5 hours.
  • Wet a sharp knife with cold water, and slice caramels into 10 rows across, then 8 rows lengthwise (or desired size/shape).
  • Wrap with wax paper squares or pre-cut candy wrappers.

Notes

  • Make sure you are using a heavy-bottomed pan. Thin pots tend to heat unevenly and may not give you the desired results.
  • The temperature is key when making caramels. Make sure you are using a candy thermometer so that you can be precise.
  • If you’re having difficulty cutting the caramels, you can throw them in the freezer for about 15 minutes to harden them up and make them easier to work with. 

Nutrition

Calories: 95kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 45mg | Potassium: 30mg | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 91IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 0.04mg
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